How to Jump-Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

There’s nothing more frustrating than when you’re getting ready to head out for the day only to find that your car won’t start. That leads to you searching, “how to jump-start a car” or “jump-start car service near New Haven.” When these questions arise, take the worry out of your car service and learn how to properly jump-start a car with the team at Acura of Milford. If you’re in need for a new battery, stop by our service center to find your Acura battery replacements.

Steps for How to Properly Jump-Start a Car

Fairfield drivers probably have a general idea of how to jump-start a car battery. Whether it’s with the help of jumper cables and a helpful bystander or with a call to the local AAA jump-start car service, drivers can typically get back on the road in no time. Follow these steps below for the proper way to jump-start a car:

  1. Have both vehicles face each other, so the batteries are close. Ensure that both vehicles have the parking brake engaged, and the car with the good battery is turned off. 
  2. Pop both hoods and locate the batteries, removing any coverings to expose the battery terminals. 
  3. Identify the red positive (+) terminal and black negative (-) terminal. If there is any sign of corrosion, clean it as much as possible.
  4. On the dead battery, attach the red clamp to the positive post. 
  5. The other red clamp should then be attached to the positive terminal of the battery with a good charge. 
  6. On the good battery, attach the black clamp to the negative terminal post.
  7. The final black clamp can then be attached to any unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame. 
  8. Ensure all the clamps are securely attached, then start the engine of the car with the working battery followed by the car with the dead battery. 
  9. Once the car with the dead battery is running, remove the cables in reverse order to how they were placed. The vehicle used to jump-start the car battery can be turned off.
  10. To properly charge the battery and ensure the car doesn’t die again, keep the engine running for at least 10 minutes. The vehicle’s owner’s manual can be referenced for recommended times. 

Jump-Start Car Service and Roadside Assistance

When Bridgeport drivers take home a new %%di_makes%, they have the support of the standard new vehicle Acura Warranty and additional extended warranties, and roadside assistance. When drivers can’t get a jump-start from another vehicle or they just prefer the experience of a professional, call the Acura Roadside Assistance number, 

(800) 594-8500, for 24/7 care. The technician will jump-start the car battery and provide the care needed to get back on the road, and if the car won’t jump-start, the roadside assistance technician will provide a complimentary tow to the nearest authorized dealership. 

Helpful Battery Troubleshooting Tips

If drivers follow the steps for how to properly jump-start a car, but the car still won’t jump-start, it may be time for a battery replacement or hint at more serious problems. Try these steps to troubleshoot the battery problems:

  1. When drivers observe a clicking sound when trying to start the car, it may be an issue with the starter. Schedule service online at Acura of Milford for a starter replacement.
  2. If attempting to start the car leads to the electrical systems turning on, but the engine failing to turn over, that can hint at several issues. It could be a problem with the ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse. Stop by a Milford service center to diagnose the problem. 
  3. The vehicle may need to be running for an extended period of time after receiving a jump-start. Be sure to give it enough time to fully recharge after being drained. 

Find Expert Acura Car Care with Acura of Milford! 

Whether your car won’t jump-start or you have questions about the proper way to jump-start a car, contact the team at Acura of Milford for the expert care you need to get back on New Haven roads safely. Our reliable technicians use genuine OEM parts to ensure your vehicle stays in top shape.

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